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Local History Section Spring Symposium - jointly with the Wessex Centre for History & Archaeology

Anniversaries and Memorialisation

Date: Saturday, 2nd May 2020

Five speakers will focus on various anniversaries of events and persons, all of which have a particular resonance in Hampshire. Some are well known and others less so, in each case particular consideration will be given as to how they have been memorialized.

The Symposium was to be held in the Cinema at the Hampshire Record Office, Sussex Street, Winchester.


  • 09.20 - Welcome & Registration

  • 09.50 - Frank Green - Romsey Abbey - 900 years (the current Abbey building was opened in 1120)

  • 10.45 - Dr Cheryl Butler - Peartree Church, Southampton - 400 years - the link is to a YouTube video - (consecrated 1620)

  • 11.40 - Dr Tom Hulme - Mayflower - 400 years - the link is to a 19-minute podcast - and Mayflower and Britain - this link is to a YouTube video - (sailed from Southampton 1620)

  • 12.35 - Lunch Break

  • 13.35 - Dr Jonathan Memel - Florence Nightingale - 200 years (she had close family connections with Embley in Hampshire & was born May 12 1820)

  • 14.30 - Refreshment Break

  • 14.50 - Steve Alcock - Edwin Moon - 100 years (an aviation pioneer from Hampshire who died in flying accident April 29 1920)

  • 15.45 - Finish

Cost and Booking Arrangements

The cost for attending is £10.00 for Field Club and University/Wessex Centre members and £15.00 for non-members. Coffee, tea and biscuits are included in the price.

Please download, complete and send a booking form, to arrive no later than 27 April 2020, to the Section Treasurer; details of the address is given on the booking form. Alternatively please email Roger Ottewill ( to book a place and pay on the day.

Please let us know if you have any mobility issues and would require assistance evacuating the building from the top floor, using stairs in the event of a fire, or other problem. 

The Speakers:

  • Frank Green - archaeological consultant and adviser to Romsey Abbey
  • Dr Cheryl Butler - Hon. Fellow, University of Winchester
  • Dr Tom Hulme - Lecturer, HAPP, Queens University, Belfast
  • Dr Jonathan Memel - Research Fellow, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Nottingham
  • Steve Alcock - Manager, Solent Sky Museum
Any questions about the Local History Section?
Then email Roger Ottewill Local History Section Chairman